When Julie Jacobs inherits a key to a safety-deposit box in Siena, Italy, she is told that it will lead her to an old family treasure. Soon she is launched on a winding and perilous journey into the history of her ancestor Giulietta, whose legendary love for a young man named Romeo rocked the foundations of medieval Siena. As Julie crosses paths with the descendants of the families immortalized in Shakespeare’s unforgettable blood feud, she begins to realize that the notorious curse–“A plague on both your houses!”–is still at work, and that she is the next target. It seems that the only one who can save Julie from her fate is Romeo–but where is he?
Muir recounts in vivid detail the three worlds of his early life: his first eleven years in Scotland; the years 1849-1860 in the central Wisconsin wilderness; and two-and-a-half most inventive years at the University of Wisconsin during that institution’s infancy.